All You Can Eat Tulips!

My adventure to the Tulip Festival

April 8, 2016
Tulip Festival 2016

by Gregr

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Turns out the Tulips are NOT all you can eat! I should have eaten breakfast before heading out there.

We took the short beautiful drive up I-5 to the farming country near the Skagit River. Smart idea and one that I indulged myself with before. It’s a strange phenomenon that we are in an ecosystem so closely related to Holland where these pretty flowers are grown in insane numbers. Look! Pretty!

Tulip Festival
by Gregr

Tulip Festival 2016
by Gregr

Tulip Festival 2016
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I like the fields where one naughty bulb slipped in with the others and looks hilariously out of place

Tulip Festival 2016
photo by Gregr

Tulip Festival 2016
photo by Gregr

Holy s*** it’s gorgeous. I have wowed my eyeballs many times before with an adventure to the tulip fields of northern Washington, but every single time it still kicks my brain into “dawwww” mode. The beauty actually makes me temporarily dumber. That overwhelming simplicity of continuously uttering “it’s so amazing” is a mantra that ends up reprogramming even the nicest people into becoming the dumbest dullards in a field full of bulbs.

Look, there are signs everywhere asking humans not wander into the fields - like this one:

Tulip Festival 2016
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And then humans everywhere ignoring them!

Tulip Festival 2016
photo by Gregr

Tulip Festival 2016
photo by Gregr

This makes my blood boil. I shouldn’t be so mad, but i’d like that same photo yet I’m respecting the wishes of the people that allow us to come make them profit! Take this incredible rant from Seattle Redditor /u/cracknasty:

Please keep your children with you. I went this past Sunday and I was enraged the entire visit. There are only two rules for the festival: Don't walk in the rows and don't pick the Tulips.

I realize that your child being surrounded by tulips will make an awesome picture for your Facebook friends. I see how adorable it is watching your kids pick flowers. But for f***s sake, you are a horrible parent if you allow your child to ruin it for everyone else. Every single child I saw was running around with handfuls of tulips and were being allowed to run through and trample the flowers. Parts of the field at tulip town were destroyed.

There's TWO f***ING RULES. JUST FOLLOW TWO f***ING RULES. Enjoy it for what it is. Don't pick the goddamn flowers and don't walk the rows. Not even for pictures. Don't be that asshole parent. Quit allowing your child to run f***ing rampant because you think it's cute. It ruins it for everyone.

Those farmers work really f***ing hard to make those field beautiful so that EVERYONE can enjoy them. Keep your little mistakes at bay or don't bring them at all. My 6 month old puppies are better behaved than those kids and some of the parents, but yet I can't bring my dogs to enjoy it either. Stop destroying s***, be a good person and follow the rules, especially when it comes to nature.

Ok, maybe this is a bit far… There are ways to get photos with the tulips.

Tulip Festival 2016
photo by Gregr

Just find a walkway and have your photographer kneel down to the same level. Simple.

The lines getting up there are bananas. If you don’t get there early, you could be sitting trapped in the car with your loved ones waiting just to park to see these fields. I’ve only ever been to Roozengaarde and never Tulip Town - I hear the latter features a tractor ride that the kids love. Roozengaarde sports the most beautifully assembled tulip gardens with varieties I could never imagine.

Finally, please be cool to the people that live around the farms. I know they choose to live there, but for a month every year, they have to deal with people throwing trash out of their cars and worse, peeing/other in their yards. You can avoid all of this by simply getting there right when doors open leaving you with half a day to do whatever you’d like afterwards.

Tulip Festival 2016
photo by Gregr